OPSEU Diablogue: Straight Talk: Vera’s last day after 19 years at The Scarborough Hospital

Vera Tsotsos is a ward clerk at The Scarborough Hospital. After 19 years on the job she received notice in the spring that her full-time position would be eliminated. Her last day is today. “I would not recommend my job to my … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 2014 budget: If your hospital is not already on the rebuild list, it won’t be

When Charles Sousa unwraps his Ontario budget on Thursday there likely won’t be any new money for expanding hospital infrastructure. Coming out of the Harris era, the McGuinty/Wynne government faced a considerable backlog of infrastructure needs, including updates to many … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Price too high for Scarborough-Rouge hospitals to sustain merger plan

In the end the price was too much. The merger between the Scarborough and Rouge Valley hospitals appears to be sidelined after months of intense activity including unprecedented community consultation. March 15 The Scarborough Hospital board passed a resolution that … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Briefs: The Scarborough Hospital looking for $6.8 million in savings with or without merger

The Rouge Valley Health System and The Scarborough Hospital officially filed notification to the Local Health Integration Network of their intent to merge, but it doesn’t mean hard times are over. Robert Biron, CEO of The Scarborough Hospital, sent a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scrouge Hospital told to start talking to Lakeridge about capital planning

Robert Biron quietly came into the Central East LHIN board meeting and sat as a spectator. The CEO of the Scarborough Hospital silently left the room again after the LHIN gave him most of what he came for. One of … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Funding “reform” has CEOs chasing hospital mergers

In a perfect world hospitals would be publicly funded to meet the health needs of their communities. That would be it. When the government started talking about funding reform, the thinking was that at last we would be moving closer … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough-Rouge merger comes with costly conditions

The merger of The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) with the Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) will not come cheap. Last night the hospital boards approved the idea of merger but only under very specific and costly conditions. Nor will the merger … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Jumping into the fire

The last few days appear to suggest the brave new world of health reform is not unfolding as it theoretically should. The news is all around us: another violent death in a nursing home; another frail senior discharged early from … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough-Rouge Merger: Some potential questions for tonight’s tele-town hall

Tonight The Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System are having their second public telephone town hall to discuss the benefits and risks of a merger. The first town hall on September 24 attracted more than 8,000 participants. The irony of … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough-Rouge Merger: Community Council says not enough info to make a decision

If this were the private sector, you wouldn’t have the board of a $352 million organization sitting in such uncomfortable chairs. Despite signs of modest economic recovery, it’s still hard times for many of Ontario’s hospitals, including The Scarborough Hospital. … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Short takes: “Scrouge Hospital,” Ontario Shores WSIB surcharge and more

The proposed merger between The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) and the Rouge Valley Health System has been unprecedented in its overall transparency. If anything, we have been inundated with information. But so far there has been no discussion of what the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Staggered by the contrasting realities of Ontario’s hospitals

We were reminded last night that Ontario hospitals live in very different realities from each other. When University Health Network CEO Bob Bell has a casual chat with Health Minister Deb Matthews, it is a very different reality from that … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 8,300 participate in merger telephone town hall

There were many questions but few detailed answers during the first telephone town hall meeting to discuss the possible merger of The Scarborough Hospital and the Rouge Valley Health System. The hospitals report that 8,300 people participated, although the one-hour … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough: The first and last VP of Patient Experience

John Wright, The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) former CEO once proudly told staff that they were among the first in Canada to have a Vice-President of Patient Experience. While there is much rhetoric around patient-centered care, it appears the Scarborough Hospital … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Chef says Scarborough-Rouge merger could be bad news for good food

Last week we wrote about a possible Scarborough-Rouge Valley hospital merger that threatens an innovative local food program. We tweeted our story to Toronto chef Joshna Maharaj , a rising star in the culinary scene who served as a consultant … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Going backwards — Fresh food preparation may be lost in Scarborough-Rouge merger

The Scarborough Hospital has been an innovator in food services at its main campus. Last year it garnered considerable media attention by bringing in a consulting chef to work with the hospital in developing a menu that would feature locally … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough-Rouge: Merger process open, if not entirely perfect

After a lengthy period where hospitals appeared to be more interested in regional cooperation than formal mergers, the trend appears to be shifting again. The financially stressed Scarborough Hospital has been looking for a dance partner for some time, initially … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Will by-elections become referendum on hospital cuts in Scarborough, Ottawa?

Five provincial by-elections could be a referendum on changes to the health care system that are starving local hospitals. Two of these contests are in ridings where hospital cuts have been especially prominent on the public agenda. Called for August 1st, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough/Rouge: Surprising merger talk despite evidence pointing to higher costs

When the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) asked the Scarborough and Rouge Valley hospitals to work together to plan hospital services in the eastern most part of Toronto, few would have thought the CEOs would come back talking … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Lou Rinaldi must be stewing over Biron’s appointment as TSH CEO

Nobody can say Robert Biron didn’t know what he was getting into. The former CEO of Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital has come to the big city, the next in line to take on the seemingly impossible task of fixing The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: $30 million back on hospital books as part of new purchasing model

At yesterday’s Central East LHIN The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) was asked to treat $2 million it thought it had coming back from Plexxus as “bad debt.” Plexxus is a not-for-profit owned by 11 GTA hospitals, including TSH. A group-purchasing company, it uses the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: $2 million in bad debt adds to woes of The Scarborough Hospital

Last week The Scarborough Hospital announced it was eliminating 98 positions as part of its efforts reduce a $17 million annual deficit. On top of that, the hospital has found itself saddled with $2 million in bad debt related to … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: A tale of two LHINs – Champlain could learn from Central East when it comes to community involvement

In the past few weeks we have been challenging the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to step up to the plate around cuts and transfers of services from The Ottawa Hospital. Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc has dug herself in for … Continue reading →